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Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Clinical Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

NB. All applicants to the clinical training must have completed a recognised course of study in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies.

The clinical training offered by NSCAP is funded by the NHS. The students undergo a rigorous training that includes teaching, supervision, personal psychoanalysis and a four-year salaried trainee child and adolescent psychotherapy post in a CAMHS service in one of the NHS Trusts in the region. The programme enables students to develop the clinical expertise and research skills needed to prepare them for practice as a professional Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, eligible for membership of the Association of Child Psychotherapists. The course provides an academic as well as a professional qualification. Current trainees are registered for the Professional Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy validated by Essex University.

Child and adolescent psychotherapy is a graduate entry profession. The pre-clinical training in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies lays the foundations for clinical work and also facilitates access to the training for non-graduate applicants through offering the possibility of completing a Masters degree. It also provides an opportunity for assessment of personal suitability for working in psychotherapy with children and young people.

Child Psychotherapy trainees must have substantial prior experience of working with children and adolescents. This experience may have been gained in a wide range of settings, including health, education and social care.

Information on the profession of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Clinical Training at Northern School and how to apply for the clinical training, is contained in the downloadable information leaflet on the right of this page.

Applications for 2020-21 are now open. The deadline is 31 January 2020. Please click on link below to apply:

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See below for FAQ's.


FAQ's - Clinical Training

I’ve done x/y/z course, am I eligible for the Clinical Training?
All candidates must have completed a course of studies in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies or equivalent as this is the pre-clinical requirement for training.  The Psychoanalytic Observational Studies is provided by NSCAP and is a postgraduate part time course, usually completed over 3-4 years.  Candidates are invited to meet with their Observation Course tutor to discuss their intention to apply for clinical training and any need they may have for additional experience to meet entry requirements prior to application.

Applicants who have undertaken an equivalent Psychoanalytic Observational Studies course at another training establishment are welcome to apply to NSCAP for the clinical training but may have to complete additional requirements prior to acceptance, e.g. an additional year of infant observation if only one year has been completed.

Equivalent courses are:  Working with children, young people and their families: a psychoanalytic approach at various centres of delivery across the south of England, and Therapeutic Skills with Children and Young People at Strathclyde University.

Candidates are required to have an honours degree. In addition to the academic qualifications, the Association of Child Psychotherapists Training Council sets out the requirements for training in child psychotherapy and monitors the quality of each training school’s delivery of the training. These requirements consist of:

Work experience:  Trainees are required to have substantial experience of working with children and adolescents of varying ages. This experience may have been gained in a number of settings; including health, education and social care.

Personal suitability: Whilst completion of the course in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies is a pre-requisite for application to the clinical training, this does not in itself guarantee that applications will be successful. Applicants are expected to demonstrate at interview personal suitability to undertake clinical training in psychoanalytic work with children and young people.

Personal analysis:  Although it is not a definite requirement for applicants to have had analysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy during the pre-clinical course, it is strongly recommended that once or twice weekly treatment is undertaken in this period. If this has not been possible, one or more consultations with a training analyst or psychoanalytic psychotherapist recognised by NSCAP and the ACP is considered to be a necessary part of the process of making an application to the clinical training. This will help potential trainees understand something of the process of personal analysis and enable them to make a more informed decision about whether they are ready to apply.

What experience do I need to do the Clinical training?
Trainees are required to have substantial experience of working with children and adolescents of varying ages. This experience may have been gained in a number of settings; including health, education and social care.  See above and the “Guidance for Trainees” document for information on the full eligibility requirements for the course.

How many clinical placements are there?
The number of commissioned clinical placements is 6 per year.  These placements are spread across the Yorkshire and Humber, the Northwest and the Northeast of England.

How many applications do you get for the clinical training?  Is it competitive?
All applicants for the clinical training programme must have completed the Psychoanalytic Observational Studies, and students on this course who wish to apply for the clinical training are invited to meet with their Course tutor to discuss their intentions.  This naturally results in a small pool of eligible applicants for the clinical training programme, so that it is not usual to have large numbers of applications for the clinical training.

The application process itself is in two distinct parts:
Part 01:  Electronic application to M80 Leeds through the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust MyTap system by 31st January 2019. Applicants who are shortlisted are invited for two interviews at NSCAP and successful applicants in part 01 may take part in part 02:

Part 02: Submission of an application to one or more of the NHS trusts in the northern region that have been accredited by the school as providers of clinical training posts in child and adolescent psychotherapy. The trusts will then interview the potential trainees. Successful candidates will be offered a training post within the NHS after discussion between the appointing NHS Trusts and NSCAP.

Commencement of the training post and employment is September of each year.

NB: acceptance onto the training with NSCAP (part 01) does not guarantee the availability of an NHS training post. If applicants are unsuccessful in obtaining an NHS training post, they can reapply the following year. It is not possible to take up a place on the clinical training without a trainee child psychotherapy post in the NHS.

How many years will it take me to become a CAPt?
The Clinical Training Programme lasts for 4 years. Trainees must first have completed the part time postgraduate PGDip/MA Psychoanalytic Observational Studies programme, which takes 2-4 years, depending on the level of intensity of study.

When is the application deadline for the clinical placements?
Applications for the clinical placements are accepted in January of each year and the deadline is usually 31st January – please see “Guidance for Trainees” document for more information on the application process.

Will I find a job after the training?
On qualification as a child and adolescent psychotherapist at NSCAP, trainees are eligible to become full members of the Association of Child Psychotherapists. They are entitled to apply for child and adolescent psychotherapy posts within the NHS in CAMHS or specialist settings. Occasionally newly qualified child psychotherapists take up generic posts within CAMHS, or work as child psychotherapists in social care or in the voluntary sector, although this is the exception rather than the rule.


Guidance on the Application Process for Trainees 2020

Applying for the Clinical Training Information Leaflet

MyTap Application Guidance